Classroom Technology

New Ed. Book: ‘Teach a Man to Fish’ Is So Yesterday

By Anthony Rebora — January 10, 2011 1 min read

Will Richardson highlights a new book co-authored by innovationist John Seely Brown, A New Culture of Learning: Cultivating the Imagination for a World of Constant Change. Written with communication and journalism professor Douglas Thomas, the book, says Richardson, “offers an interesting, shifted view of schools away from the mechanistic ‘learning as a series of steps to be mastered” current system to schools as a “learning environment’ where ‘digital media provide access to a rich source of information and play, and the processes that occur within those environments are integral to the results.’”

It also apparently challenges the old “teach a man to fish” adage as a guiding principle for education going forward. At this juncture, Brown and Thomas write, you can’t assume “there will always be an endless supply of fish to catch and that the techniques for catching them will last a lifetime.”

A version of this news article first appeared in the Teaching Now blog.